There are hundreds of millions of registered domain names worldwide, with tens of millions of new domains registered each year. Combing through these domain names – and the data associated with them – is a Herculean task. Now, an Erie, Pennsylvania-based company (Erie Data Systems) has launched Domain Codex, a new search engine for domain intelligence that it says is simple to use and unique to the market.
“We were overwhelmed by the limitations of obtaining vital information for domain intelligence research,” the company explained, “so we embarked on our mission to provide domain information on a simple to use platform. Not for one domain but for all root domains on the internet. The company claims to have done just that, crawling the web, creating its own proprietary database of hundreds of millions of domains, and rendering this database of domains searchable by users based on dozens of filters.
The filters available on Domain Codex cover a wide range of criteria: the domain name itself, the organization behind the domain name, the geolocation of the server, the start and end dates of the certificate, the IP address, the registrar, server software, metadata tags on the page and many more. The filters are applied to a database that the company says (at the time of writing) includes 379,392,032 root domains; 90,333,769 certificates; 15,537,757 IP addresses; and 122,671 server types.
Domain Codex offers access to this database on a one-time and ongoing basis, as well as API access which the company says supports all major data output formats and makes it easy to integrate Domain Codex data. to external systems. Since its inception, the tool has also been updated to support live and real-time domain analytics. A spokesperson said Domain Codex also offers custom listings based on keywords, number of top-level domains, and more.
The company claims that Domain Codex serves a variety of purposes: private investigation, legal and case research, intellectual property protection (e.g., digital piracy and counterfeits), monitoring of sensitive data, reputation management, protection against abuse of brand and geospatial analytics applications. Further, he argues that while other search engines offer website search capabilities, they do not offer specific tools for root domain analysis and related data points, nor do they offer comprehensive views of the domains returned by a given search.
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